aalto vase


The Shape that Moves. (Subtitled in English)

Karhula Vase
Alvar Aalto (Finnish; 1898–1976)
Rafaela & Kaj Forsblom Collection. © All rights reserved

ALVAR AALTO, Savoy vase, 1936. Originally designed for the Karhula-Iittala glass competition under the name Eskimo Woman´s Leather Pants (!), but re-named to Savoy when used in the Savoy restaurant in Helsinki, which interior was designed by Aalto. Photo copyright by Scandinavian Collectors 2014.

The Aalto vase in the colors rain and clear. Aalto wanted the design made from everyday glass, not lead crystal, so the early vases used glass available in the factory at that time. Since the 1960s more colors have been added.